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U.S. Rep. Yoder urges Sessions to halt separation of families

WICHITA — U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to halt the separation of families during a crackdown on illegal entries, going further than any other member of Kansas' all Republican congressional delegation in expressing concerns. Yoder, who is chairman of a House ...

Judge jails former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ahead of trial

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is going to jail. On Friday, Manafort was ordered into custody after a federal judge revoked his house arrest, citing newly filed obstruction of justice charges. The move by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows purges of state voter rolls

WASHINGTON — States can target people who haven't cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention amid stark partisan divisions and the approach of the 2018 elections. By a 5-4 vote that split the ...

Flu season was one of the deadliest for U.S. children

NEW YORK — The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since October. That surpasses the 2012-2013 flu season, when ...

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead in France at 61

PARIS — American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61. CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend ...

University of Missouri to eliminate 185 jobs at its Columbia campus

Columbia, Mo. — The University of Missouri’s flagship campus will eliminate nearly 200 jobs as part of an effort to cut into a $49 million budget shortfall. The job reductions are among several moves to balance the budget for the Columbia campus for the fiscal year that starts July 1. ...

Kate Spade found dead in apartment; internationally known designer was a KU alumna

NEW YORK — Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found hanged in her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, law enforcement officials said. The 55-year-old left a note at the scene and was found by housekeeping at about 10:20 a.m. It's not clear how ...

Conservative icon David Koch leaving business, politics

WASHINGTON — Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities. The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company ...

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient’s risk. The study is the largest ever ...

Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to college

New York — Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree. America’s largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degrees, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality ...

Trump cancels summit, citing ‘open hostility’ by North Korea

WASHINGTON — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by ...

San Francisco to distribute addiction drug directly to opioid users

San Francisco's mayor plans to put medical teams on the streets to distribute a drug that curbs heroin cravings in opioid addicts, an initiative he says will be the first in the country. Mayor Mark Farrell announced Thursday he will allocate $6 million for 10 new public health clinicians to ...

Conservative revolt over immigration sinks U.S. House farm bill

WASHINGTON — In an embarrassment for House Republican leaders, conservatives on Friday scuttled a bill that combines stricter work and job training requirements for food stamp recipients with a renewal of farm subsidies popular in GOP-leaning farm country. Hard-right conservatives upset over ...

Gunman opens fire at high school near Houston, killing at least 8

SANTA FE, TEXAS — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at Santa Fe High School, which went on ...

Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports ...

Trump announces U.S. leaving Iran nuclear accord

Washington ? President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday, declaring he was making the world safer in restoring harsh sanctions. But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about ...